Apr
2016

Habitat Modelling for Protected Species

States are required to monitor and protect plants and animals listed as European Protected Species. However, species data are often ad hoc and vary considerably in their quality and coverage. In these cases, species distribution models can be applied to obtain useful estimates from the limited data available.

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Feb
2016

Understanding Attitudes Towards Recycling in Conwy County

Select recently had the opportunity to work with Conwy County Borough Council on the analysis of their Recycle More Survey. The council wanted to better understand attitudes towards recycling in the county and to understand the potential impact of possible changes to bin collection frequency.

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Dec
2015

Saving to Prevent Problem Debt

Following on from our previous investigation into the link between cash savings and problem debt, StepChange Debt Charity asked Select to conduct an analysis to understand which types of households are failing to save, and also to identify attitudinal factors that might influence their decision not to save.

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Nov
2015

Optimising Stock Control

One of the major challenges all retailers face is how to manage their operations to maintain efficient stock control. Using a statistical approach, historic sales figures combined with data on relevant external drivers can provide accurate forecasts of future demand.

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Nov
2015

Understanding Customer Retention

Customer retention is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses in a wide range of industries, from subscription media and mobile phone operators to fitness clubs and insurance providers. Our client, a national UK business with a customer base of over 800,000, wanted to understand what drives customer retention and attrition.

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Jul
2014

Testing the Effectiveness of Treatments

Unex market the Pet Remedy product which is designed to provide relaxing and calming relief for pet stress. To support their product, Select helped to conduct a study to test the effectiveness of their treatment for dogs with behavioural issues.

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May
2013

Assessing the Accuracy of Tumour Measurements

Currently the effectiveness of anticancer therapies is primarily evaluated using the length of tumour. A study was performed to identify whether tumour volume measurements were a more accurate alternative in assessing therapy response with the overall aim of informing imaging protocols for use in clinical drug trials and clinical care.

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Jan
2013

Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on the UK’s Electricity Networks

The electricity network is susceptible to power outages caused by weather such as severe winds, lightning and snow. In addition to the short-term implications, network operators must consider the long-term implications of climate change. This study uses future projections of climate to model how weather faults may change over time.

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Nov
2012

Matching SMEs with Countries

When choosing to establish a new subsidiary in a foreign country, firms must consider many factors both short-term (such as labour and material costs) and long-term (economic stability). Using a statistical model that considers both the profile of the firm and the political, economic and social characteristics of each country, it is possible to choose a destination that minimises risks and maximises profit.

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Nov
2012

Using Targeted Marketing in Promotional Offers

Businesses often want to target promotional offers to a particular subset of their customers. For example, a mobile network provider may wish to target customers who make longer calls. Customer segmentation is a statistical method that divides a market into subsets of customers who share similar characteristics.

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Oct
2012

Understanding Fuel Poverty

Energy suppliers have a regulatory duty to help combat fuel poverty through the take-up of energy efficiency practices. However, information on an individual's energy use is not always available. By combining a variety of Official Statistics in a statistical model, it's possible to identify areas in the country that are at greatest risk of fuel poverty and where the take-up of efficiency measures is likely to be low.

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Oct
2012

Assessing Wild Animal Population Size

Estimating population sizes for wild animals and how they are changing is critical for the conservation of biodiversity. The difficulty is that it's often impossible to physically count them. Data from capture-recapture methods can be used with a statistical model to estimate population sizes and, by including environmental information, it is possible to understand what factors influence changes in population.

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Oct
2012

Assessing Cancer Risk

Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are known to lead to an increased risk of cancer in humans. Elective surgery can reduce the cancer risk, but is an incredibly difficult and personal decision for healthy patients to take. Statistical techniques can be used to produce a personalised risk profile with likely timescales of disease onset allowing a patient to make a more informed decision.

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Oct
2012

Minimising Customer Waiting Times

A bank would like to keep customer waiting times below 5 minutes in order to ensure an appropriate level of customer service. The wait time depends on two main factors: the time of day and the number of tellers of operating. By carrying out an operational analysis, it is possible to calculate the optimal number of tellers required throughout the day.

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